With the Great North Run a mere 10 days away I’m beginning to feel a little envious of those competing at this year’s event (I’m sure I’ll change my tune when I see those grimacing faces on 11th mile slog up Prince Edward Rd). Having witnessed many of my friends complete the 13.1 mile route over the last decade, 2013 proved to be the year I finally got my act together and dragged my sorry arse around the course for the first time, and apart from the last two (brutal) miles, it was a remarkably enjoyable, worthwhile and humbling experience that I can’t recommend highly enough.
Anyway, this is a fashion blog not the latest edition of Runners World, so without further waffle about the race and its meaning here’s our selection of practical, smart looking gear that will help you make it from Newcastle to South Shields in one piece.
First up, I’m right into the red & black colour block design on this Ronhill trail tee, with its useful front zip security pocket (ideal for storing energy gels or those jelly babies they dish out at mile 9). Next up, we’ve gone for more Ronhill in the form of this lightweight, water-repellent Vizion Rip-Zip Jacket, which may well come in handy if last year’s downpours along the Felling by-pass are anything to go by. Check both pieces of kit out below;
Now we all know buying new running trainers a fortnight before the event is not adviseable. However, if training to-date has consisted of a jog to your local offy and back in your Vans, then now may be the time to invest in some alternative footwear (an actual run in the things wouldnt go a miss n’all).
Which trainers then? Well I invested in a pair of Asics Cumulus 15 road trainers around 6 months ago and they’ve been spot on. Therefore, I’ve stuck with what I know best and gone these Asics Men’s GT 1000 2 which are similar in design and currently in the sale for under £60. The GT 1000’s are lightweight, whilst still providing decent ankle support and the gel cushioned heel ensures they’re comfortable on long runs. An all-round decent half marathon trainer.
Finally, I had a few issues with ankle and achilles pain leading up to last years GNR and these compression socks took much of the soreness away during the race. If you’re suffering from something like shin splints, then these VR Compression ProPlus Socks should give good support to your ankles and calfs on the day.
To all my friends and readers competing on the 7th September, best of luck.
For more information on any of the gear featured above, head across to Runners Need. Oh and they’ll price match for you as well … result!